Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are attorney Broadus Spivey and musician Jesse Sublett, authors of "Broke Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War," the remarkable story of the record-breaking, precedent-setting legal battle between rancher Homer Maxey and the Citizens National Bank of Lubbock.
Broadus Spivey has been practicing law for over 50 years. He currently lives in Austin but began his law career in Lubbock, where he was acquainted with many of the principal figures involved in this book, including attorneys on both sides of the case, the judges, Homer Maxey himself, and Maxey's daughter, Glenna Goodacre, now an internationally renowned sculptor
Jesse Sublett is a writer and musician who lives in Austin. In the late 1970's he founded the seminal Austin punk band, The Skunks. Jesse has published crime novels and nonfiction books, and the acclaimed music-murder-and-cancer memoir, Never the Same Again. In recent years he has been experimenting with milti-media noir-style e-books. He has twice previously been our guest on Rag Radio and he performs two songs on this show.
"Broke Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War" addresses the precedent-setting legal case of West Texas rancher Homer Maxey. On the afternoon of February 16, 1966, executives of Citizens National Bank of Lubbock met to launch foreclosure proceedings against Maxey, a war hero, multimillionaire, and pillar of the Lubbock, Texas, community. In a secret sale, more than 35,000 acres of ranch land and other holdings were divided up and sold for pennies on the dollar, much of it to officers and frineds of the bank. "Broke, Not Broken" illuminates a self-styled go-getter who refused to back down, even when his opponents were old friends, well-heeled leaders of the community, a bank backed by powerful Odessa oil men, and the most formidable attorneys in West Texas. And, according to the Austin American-Statesman, the tale includes "elements of sabotage, skullduggery, conflict of interest and judicial misconduct."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:19.